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by nymusicalsguy
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:42 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises Promises 2CD set from Kritzerland
Replies: 12
Views: 3398

Re: Promises Promises 2CD set from Kritzerland

The new pressing from Kritzerland is only of the second disc of the PROMISES release, i.e. the brand-new mix. The original LP mix was only available in the first pressing. So everybody, make sure to read very carefully when placing your order so there's no disappointment. That said, I'm really glad ...
by nymusicalsguy
Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Unreleased Bacharach-David Songs on Scepter
Replies: 4
Views: 1886

Re: Unreleased Bacharach-David Songs on Scepter

Davide, will we ever hear these WB tracks? I remain hopeful...

And my friend blue, Dionne did indeed record "Everybody's Out of Town," but I understand that an exhaustive search of the WB vaults still came up empty as to a copy. :-(

Joe
by nymusicalsguy
Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises Promises 2CD set from Kritzerland
Replies: 12
Views: 3398

Re: Promises Promises 2CD set from Kritzerland

Mark, I believe screenarchives.com and footlight.com both still have copies available at retail price. I have no connection this release, but I have to give it my highest recommendation; to anyone familiar with the album, it's like hearing it for the very first time. For those interested, I'll link ...
by nymusicalsguy
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New PROMISES, PROMISES -- any thoughts?
Replies: 1
Views: 688

New PROMISES, PROMISES -- any thoughts?

I was going to post comments on the new PROMISES, PROMISES cast album, but theatre critic Peter Filichia sums it up wonderfully in his column here:

http://www.masterworksbroadway.com/broa ... ises-lands

Enjoy!
by nymusicalsguy
Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The "Gift of the Magi" Project
Replies: 4
Views: 1623

Re: The "Gift of the Magi" Project

It's a sad reality that no musical goes from page to stage in a short period of time, anymore. I once worked with a famous Broadway lyricist who lamented to me that 40 years ago, he'd write the show, it would be in rehearsal 6 weeks later, and open 4 weeks after that. The show I worked with him on w...
by nymusicalsguy
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises Promises 2CD set from Kritzerland
Replies: 12
Views: 3398

Re: Promises Promises 2CD set from Kritzerland

See http://theseconddisc.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/bacharach-reissued-remastered-and-remixed/ for my article on this release, and some thoughtful comments. I would encourage ordering soon, as Kritzerland's 1000-copy pressings usually sell out early. Looking forward to hearing what everyone here on th...
by nymusicalsguy
Wed May 19, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach/Isley
Replies: 1
Views: 671

Re: Bacharach/Isley

This duet was recorded a few years back; I'm very happy to hear it will finally see the light of day!
by nymusicalsguy
Tue May 18, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt at the Second Disc...
Replies: 0
Views: 962

Burt at the Second Disc...

Burt's been in the news a lot lately! So on the occasion of his 82nd birthday, he's gotten a bit of coverage at the terrific site dedicated to expanded & remastered music news, The Second Disc. TSD's terrific webmaster Mike Duquette recently posted a look at Naked Eyes' "(There's) Always So...
by nymusicalsguy
Thu May 13, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hal David - The country years?
Replies: 39
Views: 7818

Re: Hal David - The country years?

Hal wrote quite a number of songs with Albert Hammond in the 1970s, my favorite of which is "99 Miles from LA"...just a beautiful song in every way. He also wrote lyrics for the musical BRAINCHILD to Michel Legrand's music. Unfortunately, BRAINCHILD closed out-of-town and its score was nev...
by nymusicalsguy
Tue May 11, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Cast Album
Replies: 5
Views: 1575

Re: New Cast Album

So glad you felt that way, Bill. While 18 musicians is in no way 30, Tunick did an exceptional, exceptional job with his new orchestrations. I can't see any Bacharach fan being disappointed by the sound of this revival, and I'm eagerly awaiting the recording!!
by nymusicalsguy
Mon May 10, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Cast Album
Replies: 5
Views: 1575

Re: New Cast Album

It's long been common practice for cast recordings to "sweeten" the pit orchestra with additional strings; I'm hoping Sony follows suit for the new PROMISES album. Seeing as how Tunick's major reduction to his orchestration was in the string department, adding some of these parts back woul...
by nymusicalsguy
Tue May 04, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 4 Tony nominations for PP
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Re: 4 Tony nominations for PP

It's no surprise but still unfortunate that PROMISES was snubbed for a Best Revival nomination in favor of two long-closed shows: FINIAN'S RAINBOW and RAGTIME. This precludes the show from getting a performance slot on the broadcast, which is a certain sales boost. On the plus side, PP grossed over ...
by nymusicalsguy
Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises `63
Replies: 3
Views: 1420

Re: Promises `63

I totally agree with you, Kyle -- as I wrote in my "review," I think the shift to 1962 is utterly pointless (and driven totally by the Mad Men connection.) But the NY critical reaction proves that more than a few people get the Mad Men connection -- almost everybody did, and will, if they ...
by nymusicalsguy
Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: wanting things...
Replies: 4
Views: 1285

Re: wanting things...

You also can follow the links from Broadway.com to a full ten minutes of musical highlights from the show. This footage may well be the show's best weapon if enough view it; it really looks spectacular and displays the best of the show.

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